Being outdoors in the summer in Texas means witnessing the magic of fireflies, hearing the unmistakable buzz of cicadas, and letting the icy syrup from a cold snow cone or popsicle drip from your chin just to enjoy a cooling moment of refreshment. Midlothianites can capture these experiences and more when they attend various outdoor events and activities being offered in June.
The Midlothian Market is an open-air market featuring food and craft vendors. It is held at Midlothian’s Heritage Park, 234 N. 8th Street, on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through December 18. To learn more about becoming a vendor, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Movies in the Park are presented by the Midlothian Parks and Recreation Department and sponsored by Methodist Midlothian Medical Center at Hawkins Spring Park, 1498 FM 1387. Three popular family movies will be shown: “Frozen II” on June 5, “Sonic the Hedgehog” on July 17, and “Tom & Jerry” on August 7. The free events open at 7:30 p.m. and movies start at dark. In case of rain the movies will be rescheduled for the following Saturday. Support for these events is also provided by Marco's Pizza and Higginbotham Brothers Ace Hardware Store. For more information, visit www.midlothian.tx.us/movies.
Bicycle Safety Classes for pre-K through High School are provided free by the Midlothian Police Department the week of June 7 through 11, 9 a.m. to Noon. Classes are held each day for different age groups. Register at www.midlothian.tx.us/697/Bicycle-Safety-Course. For questions call or email Officer Curtis “Scott” Hughes at 972-775-7633 or Curtis.email@example.com.
“Big Hero 6” will be shown on June 11 at 8 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church parking lot, 800 S. 9th Street. Presented by Creation Kids Ministry, this family event is free and open to the public.
Palady 4x4 Soccer Tournament takes place on June 12 at Midlothian Community Park from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Hosted by the Midlothian Soccer Association, participation is open to anyone ages 6 through adult. This is a friendly tournament with no advancement to semi-final or final games. Entry fee is $125.00 per team. All proceeds benefit the Brandon Palady Foundation scholarship fund. For more information and registration, go to http://www.brandonpaladyfoundation.org.
Wildflower Walks continue at Mockingbird Nature Park, 1361 Onward Road, Saturdays at 9 a.m., June 19, September 18, and October 16. Participants will enjoy a guided ½-mile walk to learn about the wildflowers, native plants, and animal life of the park. These free events are presented by the Texas Master Naturalists, Indian Trail Chapter and are open to children and adults. In the event of rain, walks will be cancelled. For questions call 972-775-7177.
Children’s Glow in the Dark Party presented by Creation Kids Ministry of First United Methodist Church, is a free community event to be held at Mountain Peak Park, 6411 Hill Drive and West FM 875, on June 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. Bring all your glow gear and get ready to get your GLOW on! With games, prizes, dance party, and challenges, you are sure to have a GLOWTASTIC time!
Bridges Foundation Great Inclusion Race on June 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is an all-community event designed to increase awareness of the challenges that people with all kinds of disabilities face in everyday tasks. The race kicks off at Community Park, 3601 S. 14th Street, where a free Party in the Park will include a fun-filled celebration, arts and crafts, food trucks, music, and more. Entry fee for the inclusion race is $100.00 per vehicle and will benefit the Bridges Training Foundation. The Party in the Park is free for all. For more information and registration, visit Bridges Training Foundation - Home (bridgestf.org)